Miller County Sheriff’s Office arrests battery suspect involved in shooting

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TEXARKANA — The Miller County Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested a suspect who was involved in a shooting and has been charged with first degree battery, a Class B felony.

The sheriff’s office says they arrested 34-year-old Chris A. Basham of Texarkana after he agreed to meet with investigators on Friday morning.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Dec. 9k shortly after 1:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched a residence in the 7900 block of Line Ferry Road with regards to a shooting. Upon arrival, the sheriff’s office says that deputies discovered 38-year-old Donald R. Hayworth, Jr. of Miller County suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the torso. Deputies secured the scene, the sheriff’s office says, and assisted EMS, who had been dispatched to the scene.

Witnesses say, according to an early investigation by the sheriff’s office, that Hayworth had been involved in a verbal dispute with Basham. According to the sheriff’s office, during the dispute during which Haworth was allegedly armed with a bat, Basham, who was apparently armed with a shotgun, fired the weapon striking Hayworth in the torso.

The sheriff’s office says that Basham had left the scene prior to their arrival. LifeNet transported Haworth to St. Michael Hospital where he underwent surgery for the injuries sustained, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The sheriff’s office says that after Basham spoke with them over the phone and agreed to meet with investigators, a weapon was later recovered that was believed to have been involved in the incident.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office have also executed a search warrant for Basham’s vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office, based on information and evidence obtained, he was arrested. Basham’s bail is $250,000 and he is currently being held in the Miller County Detention Center.